Ophir



[oh-fer] /ˈoʊ fər/

noun
1.
a country of uncertain location, possibly southern Arabia or the eastern coast of Africa, from which gold and precious stones and trees were brought for Solomon. I Kings 10:11.
/ˈəʊfə/
noun
1.
(Bible) a region, probably situated on the SW coast of Arabia on the Red Sea, renowned, esp in King Solomon’s reign, for its gold and precious stones (I Kings 9:28; 10:10)

name of a place mentioned in Old Testament as a source for fine gold; location still unknown. Hence Ophir-gold (1610s).

(1.) One of the sons of Joktan (Gen. 10:29). (2.) Some region famous for its gold (1 Kings 9:28; 10:11; 22:48; Job 22:24; 28:16; Isa. 13:12). In the LXX. this word is rendered “Sophir,” and “Sofir” is the Coptic name for India, which is the rendering of the Arabic version, as also of the Vulgate. Josephus has identified it with the Golden Chersonese, i.e., the Malay peninsula. It is now generally identified with Abhira, at the mouth of the Indus. Much may be said, however, in favour of the opinion that it was somewhere in Arabia.

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